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Timmy-Clefe

Profile Picture and Leg Ring Combination Code

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Each crane has a unique combination of 3 coloured rings on their right leg. This marking code helps to identify the crane in the wild.

  • Sex: Male
  • Date of Hatching (birthday): 25 April, 2011
  • Date of Release: 22 August, 2011
  • Tracking Tag: Radio tracking
  • Status: Alive. Paired with Michaela. Breeding attempt in 2015. 2015: failed at chick stage (22 days old) 2016: Made 2 nesting attempts, both failed.
  • Life Status: Alive
  • Champion Status: Championed
  • Paired with: Michaela

Character profile:

May 2011: Timmy-Clef came from an enormous egg - the biggest of the 2011 season and was the fourth to hatch, placing him in the ‘A block’ at the rearing facility.  He is the brother of Legend with whom he shares a hatch-date ‘birthday’.  He had a few problems with his legs in the early weeks, but has come through and is walking and growing well.  A good team player. August 2011: He has developed well but does get a bit panicky every time we leave the enclosure. He is starting to get more dependent on the others, but every time we appear he stays close to us for a long time before going off to forage again. He is still able to join any of the other birds in a group without any trouble and we are looking forward to seeing who he finally chooses to stay with in the wild! September 2011 : Along with legend, Timmy was one of the first cranes to attach itself to the older birds and would repeatedly go off with them - despite being regularly 'knocked back' by the sharp beaks of the naturally quite aggressive older birds.  Timmy is now a fine and well integrated member of the large flock of 2010 and 2011 release year cranes that forage across the Levels and Moors. September 2012: Timmy-Clefe has adapted well to life with the Somerset flock and he and his cohort are all behaving as naturally as any wild cranes.  They have spent the summer feeding on the un-seasonally flooded grasslands of the Moors and Levels in small fragmented groups, but as Autumn rolls in they are starting to flock again and follow the harvest, hoovering up any spilt and wasted grain in farmer's fields. July 2013:  Timmy seems to have formed quite a bond with Regina.... an older lady ( but only by a year) .. watch this space! January 2014: Timmy-Clef spent the winter very much as part of a tight-knit flock on Stanmoor, near Stoke-St.Gregory. We hope that he will pair up this year - perhaps with Regina, although there are currently no signs of this.... yet...  Go Tim !! August 2014: Well... Timmy caught us all by surprise by pairing up with Tamsin - (another older lady!) during March, and they both flew up to Slimbridge with a group of other birds in early April.  However, Timmy returned alone after only a few days but in early May both Tamsin and Timmy were seen together on West Sedgemoor.  However, Tamsin was then part of a group of birds that explored the delights of South Wales during May, and we are not sure if Timmy was also part of this group. They have been seen together since, however, as part of a small group but they certainly didn't make a breeding attempt this year... perhaps next? July 2015: Well –who’d have thought it!  Timmy surprised us all this spring, after spending the autumn and winter on the Levels and Moors within the wintering flock by pairing up with Michaela – a 2010 female.  The pair went on to make a nest on West Sedgemoor in early April, only to find that they were within another pairs territory and abandoning it.  Timmy then nested a second time with Michaela, but sadly this nest was partially predated by a crow, which broke one of the eggs and after a few more days incubation of the remaining egg – this was also abandoned.  Their third attempt in May, hatched on 13th June and the pair went on to raise a single chick for the next 3 weeks.  Sadly, in early July, the chick is thought to have died – cause unknown. February 2016: Timmy remained in Somerset throughout the winter of 2014/15 and in early 2016 took up territory again with Michaela back on West Sedgemoor.  It looks likely that they may make another attempt here this year. July 2016: Back on its territory with Michaelafrom early in the New Year. Began incubation on West Sedgemoor in late March, but failed at egg stage. A 2 nd attempt also on West Sedgemoor failed at hatching/just after hatch. Cause of loss unknown but possibly predation by an otter.

Crane Champions

  • Monteclefe Primary School, Somerton

Photos of Timmy-Clefe

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